Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) / Bachelor of Science (Photonics)

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Description (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

This program will be discontinued at the end of 2014, with a new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Telecommunications)/Bachelor of Science - Photonics Major program commencing from Semester 1, 2015.

Existing students continuing to study with the University of Newcastle in 2015, will automatically be transferred into the new program.

All existing students affected by this change, will be advised prior to enrolment for 2015.

Prospective students looking to commence in 2015, please view the handbook entry for our new program: Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Telecommunications)/Bachelor of Science - Photonics Major.

This program provides students with an opportunity to undertake concurrent study in telecommunications engineering and photonics and complete two awards. In general, a combined degree program offers greater breadth of learning, enhancing the academic and professional qualities gained in each separate degree. At the same time, it recognises the increasing need for students to graduate with multidisciplinary skills.

This wide-ranging program includes study of diverse aspects of communication technologies used to transmit, receive, store and process different types of electronic information signals using electronic and electrical, radio, optical and embedded systems combined with science studies emphasising photonics. Photonics is the area of science and technology that investigates and uses particles of light, called 'photons'. Photonics is a key technology underpinning the Internet and thus is growing rapidly.


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Admission to this program is available to Australian students and residents. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/ for information on how to gain entry.

You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit

http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you may be eligible.

Please Note: This program is not available to International Students.


Assumed Knowledge (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Assumed knowledge for Telecommunications Engineering:

There are no prerequisite courses but it is assumed that students will have studied Mathematics (Band 5) or HSC Mathematics Extension 1 (Band E1 or above) or equivalent. Study of one science-related subject would also be an advantage, Physics is preferred. Applicants who have achieved less than Mathematics Band 5 or have not completed Physics may be admitted to the program but may need additional study and/or assistance to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

Assumed knowledge for Science:

Biology and/or Chemistry and/or Mathematics and/or Physics. For geography: HSC Geography, Social Science or Natural Science is desirable.


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If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to a new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.


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The B Engineering (Telecommunications) component of this combined degree program uses the WAM as a measure for determining honours, and shall grade on the WAM equivalent to the following grades (in accordance with the Embedded Honours Models Structures Policy - 000743):

A minimum WAM of 77 and a minimum mark of 75 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class 1; a minimum WAM of 72 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 1; a minimum WAM of 67 and a minimum mark of 65 in the research courses (at least 30 units) for Honours Class II, Division 2;

Performance is based on a three year WAM where 2000, 3000 and 4000 level courses are weighted by 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

A Bachelor of Science (Honours) is also available to meritorious students, as an extra year of full-time or equivalent part-time study. Please contact the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students have the opportunity to undertake an industry-related project in their final year of study and must also complete 12 weeks of industrial experience throughout the program. Further information is available at: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/faculties-and-schools/faculty-of-engineering-and-built-environment/student-resources/industrial-experience


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia, and many other affiliated international organisations, through the Washington Accord.

Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications)/Bachelor of Science are eligible to apply for membership to Engineers Australia.


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Not available to international students.


Special Needs (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a visual impairment may experience difficulty in pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student to contact the Program Convenor to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester commences. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and Faculty staff will work together to ensure adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

NB: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the program and courses they undertake. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.


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All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/unit/ctl/lsp/.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through the Wollotuka Institute.


Requirements and Structure Back to top

The Bachelor of Engineering (Telecommunications) / Bachelor of Science - Photonics Major combined degree program comprises courses with a total value of 400 units. To meet the requirements of this combined degree program students must complete the program of study set out.

Note it may not be possible to complete the combined degree program within five years, if selection of electives involves timetable clashes, or where elective courses are not offered in a particular year. Students enrolled in a combined degree program are advised to contact the Program Convenor or Student Hub for further information.

Please Note: Special Prerequisites apply to MATH1110 - view the course handbook for information


Transition Arrangements Back to top

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.

Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Further Information" section (located towards the top of this Handbook page), in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Convenor or Student Hub.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ELEC1300Electrical Engineering 1Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC1700Computer Engineering 1Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
GENG1003Introduction to Procedural ProgrammingTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
GENG1803Introduction to Engineering PracticeSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MATH1110Mathematics 1

MATH1210 may be undertaken in lieu of MATH1110.(The assumed competency for MATH1210 is HSC Extension 1 with a performance in Band 4).

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH1120Mathematics 2

MATH1220 may be undertaken in lieu of MATH1120.

Mid Summer - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS1210Advanced Physics ISemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
PHYS1220Advanced Physics IITrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
Back to topYear 2 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ELEC2320Electrical CircuitsTrimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC2400Signals and SystemsTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC2700Computer Engineering 2Trimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
MATH2310Calculus of Science and EngineeringSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
MATH2420Engineering MathematicsTrimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS2160Modern OpticsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS2170Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor PhysicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
PHYS2260ElectromagnetismSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Back to topYear 3 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
ELEC2132Electric Energy SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC3400Signal ProcessingTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3500Telecommunications NetworksSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3540Analog and Digital CommunicationsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3550Wireless CommunicationsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3850Introduction to Electrical Engineering DesignTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
Back to topYear 4 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
GENG3830Engineering Project ManagementTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
PHYS3310Lasers and ApplicationsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3320Optical CommunicationsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3345Optical Fibre TechnologySemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3360Advanced ElectromagnetismSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC4570Advanced Digital CommunicationsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
PHIL3910Ethics, Technology and EngineeringSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from these B Science directed courses.
MATH3700Differential EquationsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
MATH3720Topics in Applicable MathematicsNot currently offered10 units
MATH3750Financial MathematicsNot currently offered10 units
PHIL3070Scientific Knowledge & Scientific MethodSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3290Special RelativityNot currently offered10 units
PHYS3350Quantum, Atomic & Molecular PhysicsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3370Statistical PhysicsNot currently offered10 units
PHYS3380Lasers and NanotechnologyNot currently offered10 units
PHYS3390Solid State and NanoscienceSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
PHYS3990Specialist Topics in Physics

Permission required from Head of Physics to enrol in this course.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
STAT3100Total Quality ManagementSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
Choose 30 units from these directed courses. Students may choose EITHER ELEC4840A AND ELEC4840B OR ELEC4840.
ELEC4840Final Year Engineering Project

This course may only be undertaken with Program Convenor Approval.

Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
30 units
ELEC4840AFinal Year Engineering Project - Part ASemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4840BFinal Year Engineering Project - Part BTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
20 units
Back to topElectives (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 20 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.20 units
For more information on electives, including online electives, please visit the Electives page. (opens in a new page)
Back to topDirected Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 30 units from these B Engineering directed courses. Recommendation: 20 units in Year 4 and 10 units in Year 5.
COMP3260Data SecuritySemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3240ElectronicsTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3250Power ElectronicsSemester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units
ELEC3720Programmable Logic DesignTrimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC3730Embedded SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 3 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4210Electronics DesignTrimester 1 - 2014 (Singapore)
Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
10 units
ELEC4400Automatic ControlSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)
Trimester 2 - 2014 (Singapore)
10 units
ELEC4700Advanced Computer SystemsSemester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan)10 units